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    Coronavirus in Bangladesh

    No one is talking about Bangladesh ...... so far thre policy is like "No test, No Patient" .....

    Total Cases - 56
    Active Cases - 25
    Death - 6
    Recovered - 25

    I mean wow, thres total media blackout regarding this issue ......


    Coronavirus: Bangladesh defends readiness after leaked UN report warns 2 million could die

    The United Nations’ warning that up to two million people could die of coronavirus in Bangladesh was based on the assumption that no steps were being taken to contain the spread, a senior official from the country said, stressing that a raft of measures are already in place.
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/healt...s-after-leaked

    Bangladesh not equipped to fight corona pandemic

    Bangladesh is yet to be equipped with the necessary health care facilities and support to deal with serious cases of the novel coronavirus despite having much time since the virus first emerged in the ground zero, China, says experts.
    https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacifi...ndemic/1783741

    Defusing Bangladesh’s COVID-19 time bomb

    Bangladesh has a health crisis in the making. The lack of preparation in the United States and Europe that has spawned the ongoing crisis there still exceeds the preparedness of developing countries such as Bangladesh, which will have to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with limited financial resources and a legacy of poor healthcare infrastructure, especially for the urban poor. Already one of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh also has thousands of stateless Rohingya housed in sprawling refugee camps in the southeastern region of the country, in conditions prime for rapid spread. Given its proximity to China and a large migrant population living in severely affected countries such as Italy, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare should have taken preventative measures when the Chinese government first shared news of the deadly virus. Unfortunately, precious time was squandered.
    https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blog...d-19-timebomb/


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    Well I suppose it's one way to do it, seeing how the lockdowns in India and Pakistan are failing anyway.


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    Bangladesh has a lockdown in place as well but enforcement has been lax although it is getting stricter. Lack of testing is the main issue with only about a hundred or so tests being conducted daily.

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    I think Bangladeshi figure is wrong. There are probably thousands of cases.

    Bangladesh probably doesn't have enough testing kits to test millions of citizens.

    Also, I have no faith in Hasina's transparency.


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    COVID is afraid of Sheikh Hasina....one of their politicians said as much

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    Stay safe Bangladeshi brothers.

    Tough times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GenericBrand View Post
    COVID is afraid of Sheikh Hasina....one of their politicians said as much
    Sheikh Hasina is a delusional old lady. She should retire from politics.

    Bangladesh has 61 cases (official count) so far. But, it is very likely that the number isn't accurate.


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    Not much news re Bangladesh.

    How are things there?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Not much news re Bangladesh.

    How are things there?
    61 cases so far (official record).

    I don't believe this figure though. There are probably thousands of cases by now.

    They have done about 2,000 tests only.


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    At least one-quarter of garment workers in Bangladesh — the world's second-largest clothing manufacturer, after China — have been fired or furloughed because of declining global orders amid the coronavirus crisis, according to the Penn State Center for Global Workers' Rights.

    The independent labor rights group, which tracks layoffs and economic damage in one of the world's poorest countries, has found that more than a million Bangladeshi apparel workers were laid off in recent weeks because of the coronavirus. Most were given no severance pay.

    Bangladesh, with a population of 160 million, has reported about 60 cases of COVID-19 infection and six deaths. Testing is not widespread. The country is under lockdown and large gatherings are banned, but garment factories are still allowed to operate.

    Workers in Bangladeshi factories sew clothing for some of the world's biggest fashion brands. The country's apparel industry employs more than 4 million workers and has been an engine of robust economic growth in recent years, contributing about 84% of Bangladesh's export revenue.

    From March 21-25, CGWR surveyed online responses from 316 Bangladeshi suppliers, and 58% reported having to shut down most or all of their factory operations because of the coronavirus.

    Industry groups estimate that will translate into $6 billion in lost export revenue this year — about a sixth of Bangladesh's total annual export revenue.

    There are fears that job losses could lead to hunger among the unemployed and their families. About a quarter of Bangladeshis already live below the poverty line. The minimum wage for Bangladeshi garment workers is about $96 a month, which activists say is below a living wage.

    "We will have 4.1 million workers literally going hungry if we don't all step up to our commitment to the welfare of the workers," the president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association said in a March 23 YouTube plea addressed to global buyers. "Please don't give up on us. I appeal to your good senses not to let us down ... kindly do not let go of our hands."

    Bangladesh came under scrutiny for its garment workers' well-being in 2013, after the Rana Plaza complex in the capital, Dhaka, collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. That tragedy led to labor reforms and new safety standards.

    Last week, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced a $588 million coronavirus stimulus package for the country's apparel industry. She asked companies to put the aid toward workers' salaries.

    But CGWR found that 72% of furloughed workers were sent home without pay. It also found that 98% of buyers — many of them big global clients — refused to contribute to the cost of partial wages for furloughed employees, as Bangladeshi law requires.

    Some fashion retailers, including H&M and Target, have committed to paying for orders already placed with Bangladeshi factories, CGWR found. But others, including JCPenney, Kohl's and Walmart, have not.

    Similar layoffs are happening in textile industries in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
    Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronav...onomic-fallout.


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    In the battle against coronavirus, access to reliable information is key. But hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in the world’s largest refugee camp, near Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh, are cut off from the outside world.

    “We don't know about coronavirus. We heard that people can't stay close to each other, but our home is too small we so we don’t know how we can maintain distance,” said Saydur Rahman whose family fled Myanmar after their village was burned down.

    Last September the government suspended 3G and 4G networks in the camps, citing security reasons. Louise Donovan from UN refugee agency in Cox’s Bazar told the BBC they’re urging the government to re-establish connections - a number of human rights group have also written to the country’s Prime Minister asking the same.

    A lockdown has been in place in the camps for more than a week, and aid agencies are now only entering to deliver essential services to avoid spread of the virus. So far no cases have been reported from within the camps but there has been one case recorded in nearby Cox’s Bazar.

    There are fears that if the virus enters the densely populated areas, it would spread with lethal speed. More isolation beds are being built to cope with an outbreak, but currently there isn’t a single ventilator in the camps, which are home to nearly a million people.



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    Bangladesh now has 88 cases. 9 deaths so far.


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    Bangladesh unveils $8bn stimulus package

    Bangladesh has announced a $8bn (£6.5bn) stimulus package to help cushion the blow to its economy. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the announcement in a televised speech on Sunday, adding that it would support low-cost loans for a variety of businesses. The country has around 70 confirmed cases and nine deaths so far.

    Here's more news from the rest of the South Asia region:

    Four men from Sri Lanka have tested positive in India after they attended a weeks-long event organised by a Muslim congregation that's been in the news for setting off Covid-19 clusters across India.

    Pakistan's federal health ministry has told the Supreme Court that infections could reach 50,000 by the end of April - a projection based on how the pandemic has progressed across the world. The country is the worst-affected in South Asia as cases jumped beyond 3,000 on Sunday.

    Nepal confirmed three new cases over the weekend, taking the total number of infections to nine. The Himalayan country is under lockdown until 7 April.


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    123 cases now with 12 deaths (official record).

    Things are escalating in Bangladesh.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    123 cases now with 12 deaths (official record).

    Things are escalating in Bangladesh.
    12 deaths and just 123 cases? that does not look like they are testing that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRSN View Post
    12 deaths and just 123 cases? that does not look like they are testing that much.
    Yeah. Less than 4,000 tests so far.

    It is very likely that there are thousands of infections now. But, these are the official records.


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    Bangladesh: In a bid to curb the spread of the virus, Bangladesh has stopped prayers at mosquesacross the country after four more people died on Monday.

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    Stay safe brothers.

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    Both Bangladesh & West Bengal have poor communication about Virus cases..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoraCora View Post
    Both Bangladesh & West Bengal have poor communication about Virus cases..
    Don't know much about West Bengal but Bangladesh could've done a better job with testings. I am disappointed that not enough testings have been done.


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    Bangladesh has more than 1000 cases, we have lost more than 50 or more, the numbers are quite misleading. Doctors running away from patients when someone comes with a fever, and later the patient dies which are not being reported. There are only a few test centres in Bangladesh and they can't even have proper test. At least a million will die in Bangladesh. The Director ( Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research) Dr. Meerjady is incompetent and hiding facts from our Honorable Prime Minister. An incompetent woman like her shouldn't be in charge. We are doomed

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    Prayers are happening till now!!!! Really

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Don't know much about West Bengal but Bangladesh could've done a better job with testings. I am disappointed that not enough testings have been done.
    In WB there were no updates for 2/3 days..Then there is question mark over death count as well.I don’t know what they will gain by hiding,if it spreads there will no place to hide..

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    Bangladesh has reported its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases.

    At least 41 new infections were confirmed, taking the total to more than 160, while five more people died.

    This comes as many hospitals are turning away patients with COVID-19 symptoms.

    Doctors and other healthcare workers say they do not have adequate personal protective equipment - and the health system cannot cope with the outbreak.


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    Doctors running away from patients will become global headlines very soon, not just in Bangladesh. They're at their break point in most countries.

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    Stay safe BD. Stay strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful_Rox View Post
    Bangladesh has more than 1000 cases, we have lost more than 50 or more, the numbers are quite misleading. Doctors running away from patients when someone comes with a fever, and later the patient dies which are not being reported. There are only a few test centres in Bangladesh and they can't even have proper test. At least a million will die in Bangladesh. The Director ( Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research) Dr. Meerjady is incompetent and hiding facts from our Honorable Prime Minister. An incompetent woman like her shouldn't be in charge. We are doomed
    Any doctor/nurse who runs away from patients has to be a big coward.

    I don't have much faith in Hasina's competence when it comes to dealing with this pandemic.

    Things are not looking good.


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    Everything was supoose to be closed, the government opened the court for 1 day to sentence Bongu Bondhu's killer who was found hiding in Kolkata

    What a desh, Bangladesh

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    Bangladesh has reported its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases.

    At least 41 new infections were confirmed, taking the total to more than 160, while five more people died.

    This comes as many hospitals are turning away patients with COVID-19 symptoms.

    Doctors and other healthcare workers say they do not have adequate personal protective equipment - and the health system cannot cope with the outbreak.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...131633280.html


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    218 cases now with 20 deaths. 54 new cases today.

    Looks like they are doing more testings now.


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    Despite ranking 70th in terms of death toll and having far fewer number of coronavirus infections than many other countries, the fatality rate in Bangladesh is the highest in South Asia and comparatively higher than most nations affected by COVID-19.

    According to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker, the death rate in Bangladesh stands at 10.40 per cent, with 20 fatalities. Interestingly, the death rate in Bangladesh is nearly double the global rate of 5.08 per cent.

    On Wednesday, Bangladesh reported 54 infections, the highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, taking the overall total to 218.

    The worldwide number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus rose to 83,726 on Wednesday, with 1,459,343 confirmed cases registered in 212 countries. Of these cases, at least 308,617 persons have recovered or discharged.

    According to the JHU tracker, the fatality rate is 2.8 per cent in India, 1.4 per cent in Pakistan, 3.3 per cent in Afghanistan and 3.2 per cent Sri Lanka while no one is known to have died from COVID-19 in Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.

    All of the above South Asian countries but Sri Lanka have reported more cases than Bangladesh. While India has reported 5274 cases and 149 deaths, Pakistan has 4035 cases and 57 deaths and Afghanistan 423 cases and 14 deaths. Sri Lanka has so far recorded 185 cases and 6 deaths.

    Liberia, situated in West Africa, has the highest fatality rate of 21.4 per cent but has reported just 14 cases, including three deaths.

    Among the top 10 countries with most deaths from COVID-19, only Italy (12.6 per cent), the United Kingdom (11 per cent) and The Netherlands (10.7 per cent) have a higher fatality rate than Bangladesh.

    Experts have told bdnews24, a Bangladesh media outlet, that the possible reason for the high death rate in the country was that many people were going undetected. The Sheikh Hasina government has also faced flak for a lack of coronavirus tests.

    Bangladesh’s disease control agency Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) tested only 1,900 people till last week, bdnews24 reported. This means the rate of COVID-19 test is a little over 11 people among every one million in Bangladesh.

    “We had been conducting tests on only severe cases. The rate of patients with morbidity was higher among them. So, the death rate was high. The number of patients would have appeared higher if we had conducted tests on mild and moderate cases as well,” bdnews24 quoted a former IEDCR official as saying.

    IEDCR director Meerjady Sabrina Flora, however, has denied reports that many patients were going undetected.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/co...-rate-6353708/


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    Bangladesh now have 330 cases with 21 deaths.

    112 cases today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Bangladesh now have 330 cases with 21 deaths.

    112 cases today.
    How many tests per day?

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    It will spread like a fire in countries like Bangladesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    How many tests per day?
    Not enough.

    They have done less than 6,000 tests overall (source: Worldometers).


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    424 cases now with 27 deaths.

    94 cases today.


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    482 cases now with 30 deaths.


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    621 cases now with 34 deaths.

    139 new cases today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    621 cases now with 34 deaths.

    139 new cases today.
    Is there a lockdown ? If yes, is it across country or for some cities only ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by last_knight View Post
    Is there a lockdown ? If yes, is it across country or for some cities only ?
    For whole country. But, damage is probably already done.

    Also, I believe number is higher than what is being reported.


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    DHAKA/NEW DELHI — In South Asia’s latest moves to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Bangladesh has extended its nationwide lockdown by 11 days while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks on Saturday with states to decide whether to extend its own stringent restrictions beyond next week.

    In Bangladesh, where the army has been deployed across the country to enforce social distancing measures, the government late on Friday extended the nationwide lockdown to April 25 as the number of confirmed cases rose to 424, with 27 deaths.
    Source: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/health-...r-restrictions.


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    Bangladesh is so corrupt and the people are so selfish, the village chairman who were given rice to distribute, they stored it and sold it in the black market. During a time like this this morally corrupt AL politicians are thinking about making money, i really hope some of these corrupt politicians gets the virus, they can't take their money to grave. Shameless so angry
    Last edited by Ashraful_Rox; 12th April 2020 at 17:35.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful_Rox View Post
    Bangladesh is so corrupt and the people are so selfish, the village chairman who were given rice to distribute, they stored it and sold it in the black market. During a time like this this morally corrupt AL politicians are thinking about making money, i really hope some of these corrupt politicians gets the virus, they can't take their money to grave. Shameless so angry
    This is very upsetting to hear as the poor will suffer :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    621 cases now with 34 deaths.

    139 new cases today.
    With 34 deaths already, sorry to say but there are more then 621 cases.

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    how many tests per day ..... ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewarrior View Post
    how many tests per day ..... ?
    As of now, 9,653 tests have been conducted (overall). It is not enough. They should do more testings.
    Last edited by sweep_shot; 12th April 2020 at 22:21.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Also, I believe number is higher than what is being reported.
    I think reported numbers are not far off. Countries with low Religious, Picnic and Business tourism are less affected. This includes Pakistan also.

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    The Bangladeshi government has imposed a complete lockdown to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, but the move has brought hardship to tens of thousands of people in the South Asian nation of 160 million.

    The government last week unveiled a financial package worth about $8bn to stimulate the nation's economy and help poor people make ends meet amid an unprecendented global crisis.

    However, unlike other South Asian nations like Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which transferred cash directly to the poor, Dhaka does not include such provision in its package.

    Reports of poor people and those who have lost work expressing their frustration over not getting any financial aid have already surfaced in the media.

    Mobilise funds

    Members of the Bangladeshi diaspora from the United States have mobilised funds to support poor families back home who have been financially hit hard by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Shafquat Rabbee, a Texas-based academic, is among those coordinating relief efforts. In a video message posted on Facebook, Rabbee juxtaposed two photos to give viewers context.

    In the first photo, Rabbee showed two weeks' worth of supply that food delivery service Instacart delivered to his front door in Texas. The food items include gallons of orange juice, breads and even some snacks.

    On the other photo, he showed a few tattered bowls with rice and lentils, nothing else.

    "This is what a large number of people in countries like Bangladesh consume on a daily basis. The absolute poor people really don't eat a lot and they don't have the luxury to eat varieties of food," Rabbee said, "We, the privileged ones can help them get these in this time of crisis."

    As of Sunday, Bangladesh reported 621 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 34 deaths. The country has enforced a "complete lockdown" since March 26, which has been extended to April 25.

    "Instead of distributing food en-masse, one-off, on the street, I am trying to do something a bit more sustainable. I will feed for three months 100 families who lost their livelihood during the corona shutdown," Rabbee told Al Jazeera.

    The US-based academic said his first target was $10,000 and it was raised within 48 hours, donated by people mostly not known to him.

    "It was fascinating to watch people's selfless response," he said.

    Distribution through volunteers

    Rabbee has been working with a dedicated group of individuals and small organisations on the ground in Bangladesh.

    "They are taking great personal risks by distributing food supplies amid this pandemic."

    Mahia Rahman, co-founder of Resource Coordination Network (RCN), a non-profit organisation in Dhaka, is coordinating with Rabbee. She told Al Jazeera that they have volunteers on the ground to reach out to poor people.

    "We have been receiving quite a lot of funding from Bangladeshi people living abroad. There is a movement on Facebook with a hashtag known as #bacharlorai (fight for survival)," Rahman said.

    Many members of the Bangladeshi diaspora has been sending funds to help with coronavirus efforts in Bangladesh [Courtesy of Mahia Rahman]

    "Under this hashtag Bangladeshi diaspora living in different countries are uniting for the cause."

    Shoron Rahman, a volunteer with RCN, said they use the money received from the diaspora to buy essentials like rice and lentils to distribute among the poor.

    "We are providing them with the supply for a month so that it becomes sustainable and they don't need to reach out to others for any further help," Rahman said.

    Anwar Ali, a daily wage worker, said the supply of rice and lentils appeared like a lifeline. "I had no income for the past two weeks. Now at least I can feed my kids with this."

    Raising funds for other causes

    Najneen Sultana, a Boston-based Bangladeshi student, meanwhile, is raising funds to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to doctors and health workers in Bangladesh.

    The South Asian nation has a fragile healthcare system and its medical professionals are in dire need of PPE to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

    According to a UN situation report, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Bangladesh secured just 364,000 PPE sets, most of which were distributed to government hospitals. At present, the government only has 42,870 PPE sets left in stock, said the report.

    Sultana told Al Jazeera that she had contacted a ready-made garment (RMG) company in Bangladesh that can make a set of PPE for $4 each.

    "I am raising $15,000. We are going to contact DGHS and some NGOs in Bangladesh for distributing the PPE among the doctors," she said.

    Razoana Moslem, a Bangladeshi lawyer living in Sydney, is also raising funds. "I am raising it for the Bangladeshi students living in Sydney."

    Moslem said most of these students supported their studies and living expenses by working part-time. "Now with COVID-19 outbreak, they are not able to work and in need of basic things like groceries. I am raising funds to help them."

    "COVID-19 outbreak has affected us all. But if those of us who are in relative comfort come forward to help the people in need, then we can come out of this crisis together," said Moslem.

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    1012 cases now with 46 deaths.

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    1838 cases and 75 deaths overall.

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    Bangladesh mourns death of 1st doctor from Coronavirus

    A doctor died in Bangladesh on Wednesday due to coronavirus, the first such case in the country, as health workers bemoan lack of protective equipment at hospitals nationwide.

    Dr. Moyeen Uddin, 50, died at a hospital in the capital Dhaka.

    His colleague, Dr. Abdul Mannan said he was transferred to the capital from the eastern city of Sylhet after his condition deteriorated on April 8. The colleague added it is unclear how he contracted the virus.



    Dr. Jahir Ahmed, his friend, said Moyeen was treating COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Sylhet.

    Criticizing the government’s lack of preparedness in the face of the pandemic, the doctors said, until 10 days ago they had no personal protective equipment (PPE).

    The condition is so bad in Sylhet that the only coronavirus isolation center has two ventilators to treat critically ill patients, said a senior official who asked not to be named as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

    Health experts say the situation in Bangladesh is dangerous and may spiral out of control if the government does not take preventive measures seriously, including protecting frontline workers.

    “Bangladesh is the world’s most populated country and so COVID-19 may spread here very fast. Doctors and health workers are at high risk,” said Dr. Zakir Sumon, secretary-general of Bangladesh Doctors’ Foundation.

    More than 100 health workers including 54 doctors in Bangladesh have been infected by the lethal virus as of Tuesday, according to data compiled by the foundation.

    Dozens of hospitals and clinics across the country have been locked down after their staff tested positive.

    Referring to the government callousness in taking preventive measures to address coronavirus, Sumon said: “Bangladesh had four months to prepare before the first case was reported. But the government failed to collect even sufficient kits.”

    The government, on the other hand, maintains it is sufficiently prepared.

    We have 71,000 testing kits available, Abul Kalam Azad, director-general of the government’s health directorate, told reporters.

    Official figures state more than 886,000 PPE have been distributed to hospitals.

    The South Asian nation has reported 50 deaths from the virus and confirmed more than 1,200 cases.

    After appearing in China last December, the novel virus has spread to 185 countries and regions.

    More than 1.99 million people have been infected worldwide, while over 128,000 have died of the virus, according to U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
    Source: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacifi...avirus/1806007.


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    My Bhabi (sister in law) who is a doctor is staying in a five star hotel (free) and her salary is increased by 3 times. I fear for her health as Bangladesh doesnt have proper PPE for health officials, already 60 + doctors got infrcted. I have a nephew and a neice so i am worried.


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    2,144 cases now with 84 deaths (overall).

    306 cases today.


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    Bangladesh garment workers pack streets to demand wages during coronavirus lockdown

    Hundreds of workers poured onto the streets of Bangladesh’s port city of Chittagong, flouting social distancing rules to demand work and wages during the coronavirus shutdown.

    Bangladesh, the world’s second-largest apparel producer after China, is set to lose about $6 billion of export revenues this fiscal year as retailers and brands across the world cancel orders, two industry bodies have said.

    In Chittagong, the crowds of workers on the streets said they were still waiting for last month’s wages.


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    There was a mass gathering yesterday where 200,000 mullahs gathered for a famous religious person's funeral. They will all probably get the virus.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful_Rox View Post
    There was a mass gathering yesterday where 200,000 mullahs gathered for a famous religious person's funeral. They will all probably get the virus.
    Absolutely ridiculous.

    I don't know what to say.


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    2,456 cases now with 91 deaths.

    312 new cases today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    2,456 cases now with 91 deaths.

    312 new cases today.
    Has the testing rate improved ? I mean the cases were in double digits less than a weak ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mesozoic View Post
    Has the testing rate improved ? I mean the cases were in double digits less than a weak ago.
    They are doing more testings now. Yeah.


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    2,948 cases overall with 101 deaths.

    492 new cases today.


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    Bangladesh shuts down villages after tens of thousands attend cleric's funeral

    Bangladesh has tightened a clampdown on seven villages after tens of thousands attended the funeral of a popular local cleric in spite of a nationwide lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus.

    “We've strictly ordered all residents of the seven villages to stay at home at all times at least for the next 14 days so we can identify if anyone contracted the virus following Saturday's gathering,” a local police officer told Reuters.

    Police had not expected such a large number of people to gather for the funeral, defying a weeks-long lockdown that forbids going out except for groceries and medicine.


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    I think Bangladesh may end up with more deaths than Pakistan and India. It is because people are not listening.

    Let's see.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    I think Bangladesh may end up with more deaths than Pakistan and India. It is because people are not listening.

    Let's see.
    The biggest challenge for Pakistan and Bangladesh is to keep people out of masjids for the time being. Long taraweeh prayers standing shoulder to shoulder, is gonna spread the virus fast.


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    3,382 cases now with 110 deaths (overall).

    434 new cases and 9 deaths today.


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    Bangladesh has reported 434 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, and nine more deaths, as the lockdown in the country risks throwing tens of thousands of workers into poverty.

    On Tuesday, the country’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research said the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus so far had risen to 3,382, of whom 110 had died.

    The numbers of confirmed cases reported in recent days suggests that the south Asian country of 161m people is at the beginning of its outbreak curve.

    On Tuesday, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the Reuters news agency, reported that the government could sue owners of garment factories who fail to pay their staff during the lockdown

    Last week, thousands of factory workers protested on the streets of Dhaka and other cities after their workplaces - hit by a downturn in the garment sector - closed without paying their March wages.

    The government has said at least 350 factory owners have not yet paid, with more than 150,000 workers affected, though labour leaders say the true figure is much higher, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Labour ministry official Shibnath Roy told the agency that businesses that did not pay staff would not receive any money from a $588 million rescue package that Bangladesh announced last month for its crucial export sector.

    “We have taken these steps to create pressure on factory owners. If they still don’t pay, we will file cases against them in the labour court,” he said.


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    3,772 cases now with 120 deaths.

    390 new cases and 10 new deaths today.


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    DHAKA: Two hospitals in Bangladesh dedicated to fighting the coronavirus have refused to treat patients from one of the country’s worst slums, an activist said on Wednesday.

    Members of the Bihari community complain the pandemic has highlighted the discrimination they have endured for decades.

    Some 32,000 Biharis live in Geneva Camp — one of the most desperate slums in the country — where rights lawyer Khalid Hussain and police say two residents tested positive for coronavirus.

    Hussain said a state-run hospital meant specifically for Covid-19 patients had refused to admit the two, declaring their condition “not critical”.

    Now Geneva Camp residents were being rejected by another local hospital no matter what their health issue was, Hussain said, as staff fear they may catch the virus.

    Two members of Bihari community who tested positive for Covid-19 refused admission

    About 500,000 Biharis live in 116 settlements across Bangladesh, a country of 168 million people.

    Bihari community leader Sadakat Khan Fakku said a man infected with coronavirus from another camp had also been turned away by a local hospital, and he was now self-quarantined in a one-room home with his family.

    None of the hospitals would comment on the allegations, but Nasima Sultana, deputy head of Bangladesh’s health department, denied discrimination.

    “There are 10 million slum people in Dhaka,” she said.

    “We don’t have enough beds,” she added, saying people with mild symptoms should treat themselves at home.

    Advocate Hussain said the two infected men from Geneva camp had been isolated with 20 families, but that social distancing was almost impossible in so crowded a place.

    He said at least six people in the slum have died in recent weeks with coronavirus-type symptoms such as viral fever and respiratory problems.

    “None of them was tested, so we don’t know whether they had coronavirus,” he said.

    According to the authorities, 120 people had died and 3,800 others been infected with coronavirus, but experts say more testing would reveal far higher figures.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1551532/ba...discrimination


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    4,186 cases now with 127 deaths.

    414 new cases today.


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    Dhaka, Bangladesh - As coronavirus cases mount in Bangladesh, its government struggles to keep its front-line healthcare workers free from getting infected, which has further strained the country's medical facilities.

    At least 251 doctors had tested positive for coronavirus by Thursday, according to the Bangladesh Doctors Foundation (BDF), as the group blamed a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and infections from patients for the outbreak among the doctors.

    Nearly 200 doctors are infected in the capital, Dhaka. So far, Bangladesh has reported 3,772 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 120 deaths.

    Lack of PPE

    Like many countries, Bangladesh is also grappling with a severe shortage of (PPE) for its health workers.

    A recent study by the country's BRAC University found that nearly 25 percent of doctors and nurses - and 60 percent of medical support staff - engaged in treating coronavirus patients have yet to receive PPE.

    "PPE is our armour against a fatal virus. Without proper PPE, we are forced to fight a dangerous battle without any protection," a doctor in Dhaka, who preferred anonymity, told Al Jazeera.

    Health workers have also complained about the quality of PPE being provided to them.

    "It's more like a raincoat rather than a proper PPE," Anis Ahmed, a physician who works with one of the government hospitals designated to treat COVID-19 patients, told Al Jazeera.

    "Also, we are told to reuse the PPE even though they are meant for one-time usage."

    Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Bangladesh government's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, admitted there was a shortage of "quality" PPE.

    "It's not our unique problem: healthcare workers across the world are facing [an] acute crisis of PPE. We are trying to outsource quality PPE from different places. Several private organisations have come forward to donate PPE," she told Al Jazeera.

    As demands for PPE have increased, some ready-made garment (RMG) factories started producing it. Bangladesh is the second-largest RMG exporter after China.

    However, a report by the Business Standard said the RMG factories can only manufacture chemical-resistant PPE, and do not have a dust-free and medical-grade environment to produce medical-grade equipment.

    "Without medical-grade PPE, our front-line healthcare workers are exposed to possible COVID-19 infection," Nirupam Das, BDF's chief administrator, told Al Jazeera.

    Once infected with coronavirus, the doctors are quarantined and the hospital ward where they worked is shut for safety measures.

    According to the BDF data, intensive care units and general wards of as many as 11 hospitals across Bangladesh had to be closed down after healthcare workers were infected.

    "Bangladesh already has a fragile healthcare system. If we are forced to send our doctors to quarantine, then it will be extremely difficult for us to continue our fight against coronavirus," said Das.

    According to the World Bank's development indicators, Bangladesh's number of doctors per 1,000 people in 2017 was 0.5 - one of the lowest in the world.

    Another problem the healthcare workers in Bangladesh are facing is that patients are concealing their medical symptoms and related information to avoid stigma, social isolation or quarantine.

    Many people believe that if they get infected, their houses will be locked down and their family members will be treated negatively.

    Besides, the designated hospitals for treating coronavirus patients are full to their capacity, forcing people displaying coronavirus-like symptoms to flock to public and private hospitals.

    Since those hospitals are not treating COVID-19 patients, people are trying to get treatment there by hiding their symptoms.

    In a recent news briefing, Bangladesh's Minister of Health Zahid Maleque said, "It is a big problem that many people carrying the symptoms of COVID-19 are concealing information and showing little interest in undergoing tests."

    "That is why many of our doctors and health workers are getting infected with the virus. Such a tendency is very alarming," he said.

    Faisal Islam Fahim, a medical officer at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital in Barisal District, told Al Jazeera that about 150 doctors of his hospital were forced to go into quarantine after two of them were found to be infected. The two doctors had handled a male patient who hid his symptoms to avoid quarantine.

    "The patient lied about respiratory problems and pain in his throat and got admitted in the hospital. Two internee doctors handled him and grew suspicious once the patient showed symptoms. Later he was found to be COVID-19 positive. But the damage was done by then," said Fahim.

    A similar incident happened at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, whose principal Khan Abul Kalam Azad told Al Jazeera that a female patient admitted there had hidden her coronavirus symptoms.

    "The patient later tested positive for the virus and four of our nurses who handled her got infected," he said.

    Azad added that another doctor at Suhrawardy Hospital in the capital also tested positive after a COVID-19 patient concealed information.

    "Those people who are hiding their symptoms don't understand the problem. If our doctors and nurses get infected with COVID-19 by taking care of untested patients, then who will later take care of the patients?"

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...080515266.html


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    Bangladesh should start producing their own masks once COVID-19 is over.
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    4,689 cases with 131 deaths (overall).

    503 new cases today.


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    4,998 cases now with 140 deaths.


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    Hundreds of textile workers have taken to the streets of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to demand wages lost during the coronavirus crisis.

    Reuters reports that Bangladesh, which is the second-largest apparel producer after China, is set to lose export revenue of about $6bn this fiscal year as the sector has been hit by cancellations from some of the world’s largest brands and retailers, two industry bodies have said.

    “We haven’t got wages since last two months. We have no food, no money. We are left to starve,” said Mohammad Ujjal, a worker at a garment factory in capital city, Dhaka, who participated in the protest.

    Garment workers have held smaller protests in recent weeks to demand wages lost during the crisis.
    Last month Bangladesh’s government announced $588m package aid for crucial exports-oriented sector to pay its workers, but garment manufacturers say funds were not enough to mitigate the crisis.

    Health officials confirmed five more deaths and reported 418 new cases on Sunday, taking the official total number of positive cases to 5,416, including 145 deaths.


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    Bangladesh restarts some garment factories

    More than 500 garment factories in Bangladesh that supply to global brands reopened after a month-long shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, while in India calls grew for an easing of its lockdown which has caused deep economic pain.

    Clothing manufacturers in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong have been permitted to resume work. Some of the world's biggest clothing firms including Gap Inc, Zara-owner Inditex and H&M source their supplies from Bangladesh.

    Industry groups for the sector, which boasts some 4,000 factories employing 4.1 million workers, had warned the shutdown could cause the country to lose $6 billion in export revenue this financial year.

    Bangladesh's competitors such as Vietnam, China and Cambodia have already resumed operations, Hatem said. Bangladesh has reported more than 5,000 cases of the coronavirus and 145 deaths.


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    How quiet high streets put Bangladesh jobs at risk

    High Street fashion stores around the world have closed their doors - and this has had a particularly devastating impact in Bangladesh.

    Global retail brands have cancelled orders worth more than $3bn from the country, putting the jobs of around two million at risk, says the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

    The government has announced a $588m stimulus package, but this would roughly cover wages for only a month.


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    High Street fashion emporiums around the world have closed their doors for lockdowns, but the largely forgotten victims are thousands of miles from the glass and steel-fronted shopping arcades.

    Sabina Akhter is one of them. She works in a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh making shirts for the European market.

    A few days ago, her boss announced he would not be able to keep the factory running as all his buyers in Europe have cancelled their orders due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    "I don't know how I'll be able to survive. I lost my job, and I don't know how I'll be able to buy food," she said.

    Anisa Begum has also been laid off. She is at home with her family of seven on the outskirts of Dhaka.

    She says she and her husband could survive on one meal a day, but not with children. "If the government doesn't come forward with help, we have no way to survive."

    Khaleda Parvin says the owner of the factory where she worked decided to lay off everyone without warning.

    "I went home to my village because it was a national holiday," Khaleda said.

    "Our factory was supposed to reopen on the 5th of April. When I went back to work on that day, someone had put up a sign saying that all the workers had been laid off."

    A risky reliance
    Bangladesh is the top garment exporter in the world after China and is heavily reliant on European and American orders.

    Some 83% of the revenue that Bangladesh makes through exports are linked to the garment industry, a total of more than $32 billion every year.

    The sector employs more than four million workers, most of them women.

    With shops shut across large parts of Europe and the United States, global retail brands have taken fright and cancelled orders worth more than $3 billion.

    The Bangladeshi government has announced a $588 million stimulus package for the sector to pay wages.

    It will charge 2% interest on the loan to factory owners.

    Dividing the sum by the number of workers, this financial package would only cover wages for one month.

    If factories remain shut, Anisa, Khalida and Sabina know they have no social safety net to fall back on.

    Driving a hard bargain
    Human Rights Watch has condemned the attitude of some Western clothing brands.

    It accused scores of retailers of cancelling orders without taking any financial or moral responsibility, even though workers had finished making many of the products.

    After growing criticism and pressure, some brands including H&M and Zara-owner Inditex have committed to paying in full for existing orders from clothing manufacturers.

    But order cancellations are having a devastating impact on businesses and workers, according to a recent survey by the Centre for Global Workers' Rights.

    The study said that when orders were cancelled, 72.1% of buyers refused to pay for raw materials (fabric, etc) already purchased by the supplier, and 91.3% of buyers refused to pay for the "cut-make-trim" cost - or production cost - of the supplier.

    As a result, 58% of factories surveyed reported having to shut down most or all of their operations.

    "More than two million garment factory workers might lose their jobs," Rubana Huq, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), has warned.

    "No consumer will buy shirts and trousers now. They are more focused on increasing their expenditure on food and medicine due to the pandemic," she said.

    Global solutions?

    After the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013 which killed more than 1,000 workers, global efforts to raise safety standards were successful, as well as making supply chains more transparent.

    But there is still a long way to go in a global fashion industry which records annual revenues of $2.5 trillion while the average worker in Bangladesh earns just over $100 a month.

    The International Labour Organization, a UN body, has set up a working group bringing together retailers, factory owners and workers to try and find a solution to the current crisis.

    "Jobs, incomes and social protection are the dividends of business continuity and this statement calls for emergency funds and social protection for workers to guarantee industry survival in the poorest of our countries," said International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) Sharan Burrow in a statement.

    Both Inditex and H&M are committed to this process.

    "We are fulfilling all our responsibilities to our suppliers by ensuring that all orders that have been produced or are currently in production are completely paid for according to the original payment terms," said Zara-owned Inditex in a statement.

    H&M said it would "stand by" its commitments to garment manufacturing suppliers in all countries "by taking delivery of already produced garments as well as goods in production, if delivered within a reasonable timeframe".

    But time and speed is of the essence for factory owners in Bangladesh.

    Miran Ali is the managing director of Misami Garments Ltd. His factory makes clothes for H&M and has been in operation since 1991.

    "We are facing massive financial difficulty," he says. "We are facing almost certain ruin."

    He employs about 16,000 workers. He would like to re-open soon but social distancing will be hard when people normally work very closely together.

    'Full of fear'

    Bangladesh has been under lockdown since 26 March when transport was shut down and businesses closed.

    As of Tuesday, 28 April, there were 6,462 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 155 deaths.

    The garment industry was given an exemption from the lockdown.

    While some factories stayed open to make PPE, it is now estimated that about 200,000 garment workers are back at work.

    The sector has been urged to enforce social distancing as well as raise hygiene standards but workers say some factories are ignoring this.

    "I'm going to work every day and I'm full of fear," one garment factory worker told the BBC.

    "In my factory, there are so many of us working in such a small place, which increases the risk of coronavirus infection. I'm scared for my life."

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52417822


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